Introduction Segment: Video Promo and Welcoming
A recap of Backlash from last Sunday plays, including Becky becoming the Smackdown! Live Women’s Champion, and Heath Slater and Rhyno winning the Tag-Team Championships. The package finishes with A.J. Styles capturing the WWE World Championship from Dean Ambrose.
The regular Smackdown! Live video plays and we go to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Segment #2: Arena Promo
The NEW WWE World Champion is brought out. A.J. Styles walks out with his new title around his waist. He puts himself over and tells us to believe everything he says, since he said he would become WWE World Champion at Backlash and he did. “I am the champ that runs the camp!”
Suddenly, his summer rival returns! John Cena walks out and gets serious in the ring with Styles. He wants his property back, which A.J. thinks is his headband. Cena reiterates that he still has to get something back from Styles – the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. John wants to become a 16-time World Champion, a record that matches 2-time Hall of Famer and former 16-time World Champion Ric Flair.
“A.J., your life changes when I am your enemy,” Dean warns. He continues to threaten A.J. until John turns him around. Cena calls out Ambrose on hypocrisy for how he punished Styles a couple o weeks ago on Smackdown! but complains that A.J. basically did the same thing to win. Dean is also worn-out from hearing all of Cena’s “pump-up” talks, and as the two argue, Commissioner Shane McMahon joins.
Shane books the No Mercy main event, which will be a Triple-Threat Match for the WWE World Championship; Dean Ambrose VS. John Cena VS. A.J. Styles! He goes on about tonight, ordering Cena and Ambrose to team-up, and A.J. to find a partner for their Tag-Team main-event!
Later tonight, there will be a Fatal 5-Way between Carmella, Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss, Naomi, and Natalya to determine who the new #1 Contender is to Becky Lynch’s Women’s Championship. Also,
Match #1: Tag-Team – The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) VS. The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley)
Jey and Zack start out, with Zack hammering on Jey out of the corner. The Usos soon take control, working over Ryder’s leg for a bit. Zack kids Jey away and manages to tag in Mojo, who clotheslines Jimmy hard. He gives the Uso twin a big shoulder-tackle and then a splash in the corner. Jimmy soon gets the advantage with a superkick, and then the brothers finish with a Samoan-Splash!
Winners via Pinfall: The Usos
Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his wife Maryse are walking through the halls; they will be out next!
Segment #3: Video Promo
Curt Hawkins is ready to debut on Smackdown! soon.
Segment #4: Arena Promo
Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his wife, Maryse, strut to the ring; the lights are dimmed with only a spotlight on them in the ring. “For weeks Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and most of the WWE Universe has been calling me a ‘coward.’ I’ll tell you what, you can call me a ‘coward’ all you want, but I left Backlash with the Intercontinental Championship and my wife by my side.” Miz goes on about his reign, saying he has been champion longer than 132 others, at 162 days and counting.
Dolph Ziggler interrupts and eggs on Miz to wrestle mano-e-mano to prove his can go properly. “Just you and me.” Maryse interjects and doesn’t get it. She questions Ziggler’s motives and then General Manager Daniel Bryan enlists in this conversation. He sides with Dolph and informs them of a rematch, but Miz protests. He holds out until he reaches a contract agreement; Miz and Maryse storm away.
Segment #5: Backstage Promo
WWE World Champion A.J. Styles sees Baron Corbin in the hall and tries to convince him to tag together; Corbin denies, and instead warns A.J. he is more about the WWE World Championship.
Match #2: Single – Baron Corbin VS. Apollo Crews
As Apollo poses on the turnbuckle, Baron hits him from behind and Crews tumbles to the floor. Corbin slings him into the barricade and then plants him with End of Days.
Winner: None due to No Official Start
Post-match, Jack Swagger surprises us. He stares down Baron, and then announces he has signed with Smackdown! Live as of 12:01am September 13th. Swagger cautions that we don’t know anything about him anymore, and he is here to start again. He proclaims that he and “we” – the Universe – are a force to be reckoned with.
Up next, Women’s Champion Becky Lynch will address the fans.
Segment #6: Arena Promo
Women’s Champion Becky Lynch strolls out. “You deserve it” chants start, and she commends Philly for being the place to begin her reign. “On Sunday, I was in the ‘fight of my life’ against five other competitors. And every I got beaten down, I had to drag myself back up again because there is nothing that I wanted more in my life than this. And until five became four, and then four became three, became two, and then there was one, and your first-ever Smackdown! Women’s Champion, yes! Now, now there’s saying. There’s a saying that goes ‘that the journey is greater than the destination.’ Well, I’ll tell ya, whoever said that never traveled this journey. And they certainly didn’t arrive at this destination, because this destination is pretty freakin’ sweet! So come one, come all, because just like Philly is a fightin’ city, I am a fighting woman, so come at me bros!”
Naomi’s music plays and she makes her entrance, as do Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss, Natalya, and Carmela for the next contest!
Match #3: Fatal-5-Way – Naomi VS. Nikki Bella VS. Alexa Bliss VS. Natalya VS. Carmela
(Stipulation: #1 Contender’s Bout for the Women’s Championship)
Nikki cleans house on all, and then begins to take them one-one. Naomi catches her with a kick and locks on a headscissors from the turnbuckle, but Bella counters it with an Electric-Chair drop. Alexa covers both, but can’t pin either. Natalya is back in and yanks Bliss by her hair; she knees Alexa and then runs her into the corner and follows with a shoulder-ram.
Naomi is back in and hits a running enziguri on Bliss and then drops her with a full-nelson bomb! Natalya hits Alexa with a running front-dropkick! 1 – 2 – Alexa gets her shoulder up! Nikki’s back and plants Nattie with the Bella-buster facebuster! 1 – 2 – Natalya kicks out!
Naomi follows with the Rear-View bump on Bella but can’t get this! She goes for a baseball slide, but Natalya stops it and slams Naomi’s face on the steel steps. Nikki chucks Natalya into the barricade and then goes back into the ring to meet Bliss. They wrestle on the turnbuckle until Bella catches her and tries her T.K.O. Carmela superkicks Nikki, and then Alexa throws Carmela out and covers Nikki for the victory!
Winner and NEW #1 Contender: Alexa Bliss
Segment #7: Backstage Promo
WWE World Champion A.J. Styles makes a case to team with Kane, but “The Big Red Machine” just laughs and walks away.
Up next, Tag-Team Champion Heath Slater is going to sign is Smackdown! Live contract!
Segment #8: Arena Promo
Commissioner Shane is in the ring, which also has a carpet on the canvas and a table in the middle. He announces Tag Team Champion Heath Slater, who walks out with his Tag-Team Champion partner Rhyno!
Shane gives them props and gets right to the signing. Heath holds the papers high and then puts pen-to-paper! He takes the microphone and is truly excited, as he gets to move with his family. He starts to thank his numerous children, but The Ascension – Konnor and Viktor (looking more like Demolition) – interrupt. They take Heath on his offer, and Shane books it, so up next, we will have a Tag-Team Title bout!
Match #4: Tag-Team for the Tag-Team Championship – Heath Slater and Rhyno (Champions) VS. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) (Challengers)
Viktor has Heath in a rear chinlock, and then picks him up, running him into The Ascension’s corner. They double-team for a bit, but Rhyno stops a pin and throws Konnor into the ring post. Heath kicks Viktor off and makes the hot-tag! Rhyno is all over Viktor, pushes Konnor to the outside, and Gores Viktor for the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winners via Pinfall and STILL Tag-Team Champions: Heath Slater and Rhyno
Segment #9: Backstage Promo
A.J. is still without a partner, so General Manager Bryan proposes James. Styles walks away, but Daniel insists James “will do great.”
Segment #10: Arena Promo
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring. “Bray, Bray, Bray. All you do is talk. You say, you’re ‘the face of fear.’ And I finally know what that means. You are the ‘face of fear’ because you’re afraid. You’re afraid of me. You’re afraid of me Sunday night at Backlash, that’s why you attacked me from my behind. You tried to maim me, you tried to end my career. But it didn’t work. You’re not the first to try and you won’t be the last to try.” He challenges Bray to “come on down to the ring and face your fear.”
Wyatt appears on the Titantron. “A wise man knows when to day down, Randy. And this world we live in is cruel and unfair. I know it. And I gave you a gift. I gave you a ‘way out.’ All you had to do is stay down, but you didn’t. Instead, you chose to embarrass me. I didn’t like that. but it’s okay, man. Because now, I know what I must do. I can’t stop now, Randy, no. ‘Till death do us part I promise you. Not fire, not daggers, not bullets can end this now. Don’t sleep, Randy. Do …. not …. sleep.” The lights go out and Bray appears on the commentator’s table. The two glare, but the lights go out again and in the ring is Erick Rowan. He attacks Orton, but “The Viper” quickly hits back with an R.K.O!
Match #5: Tag-Team – WWE World Champion A.J. Styles and James Ellsworth VS. John Cena and Dean Ambrose
As James makes his way to the ring, Intercontinental Champion The Miz attacks from behind. He drives James into the ramp with his Skull Krushing Finale, and then seem sot take over as Styles’ partner!
Miz is in control over Cena, stomping and kicking away. He DDT’s Cena, and after getting in referee Mike Chioda’s face, runs at John in the corner with a clothesline. He goes for another in the opposite corner, but John moves and gets the tag to Dean!
“The Lunatic Fringe” is on fire over A.J., giving him a swinging-backbreaker (Thanks Mauro!), and then dives off of the top turnbuckle with an elbow! He gives … numerous kicks in the corner, and then tosses Miz into the barrier. Dean slides back in the ring but eats a Pele Kick by A.J.!
Miz and Dean are down, and Ambrose continues to wrestle The Miz instead of making a much-needed tag. Miz punches back and then soars off of the top with a one-arm axe-handle! He switches with A.J., who knocks Cena off of the apron. He punches Dean in the corner and then chops him against the ropes. Styles stretches Dean’s face, but Ambrose battles back. He and A.J. switch out, and Cena is all over The Miz.
John drops Miz with a spin-out-backdrop and the Five-Knuckle-Shuffle Fistdrop! He goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but A.J. interrupts. Cena gets ride of him, and Dean follows with a dive-through-the-ropes! Cena picks Miz up again and drops him with the Attitude Adjustment; he covers for the victory!
Winners via Pinfall: John Cena and Dean Ambrose
Post-match, Ambrose and Cena celebrate until Dean drives John to the canvas with his Dirty Deeds DDT, surprisingly to a lot of boos! He yells at Cena, and then frowns at WWE World Champion A.J. Styles, who is on the ramp to close the show.
End of Smackdown! Live